Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Have A Do Over

When I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, 21 years ago I was told things like, "There will be a cure in 5 years.", "You won't be able to fly a plane.", "You are going to go blind if you don't check your blood sugar." and "Don't tell people about it, they will treat you differently." Those comments were confusing and depressing.

Here's what I would have rather heard: "Lia, Type 1 diabetes will probably be part of your life forever, but if you accept it and work with it, rather than hating it and fighting against it, you can lead a happy, productive life. Yes, you will need to be organized, yes, your body will work differently, yes, there will be some things you either can't do or can only do with lots of training, but at the end of the day, your success is up to you."

And then the doctor would give me a list of Type 1 diabetics that refused to let their diagnosis stop them from achieving their dreams.

Kris Freeman, U.S. Olympic Cross Country Skier
Chris Dudley, XXX and current candidate for Governor in Oregon
Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Anne Rice, Author (Interview with a Vampire)
Scott Verplank, Professional Golfer
Nick Jonas, Musician, The Jonas Brothers
Ghostface Killah (Denis Coles) Musician, The Wu-Tang Clan
Adam Morrison, NBA basketball player
Jay Cutler, NFL football quarterback
Gary Hall, U.S. Olympic swimmer
Nicole Johnson, Miss America 1999
Mary Tyler Moore
Elliot Yamin, Contestant on American Idol
Crystal Bowersox, Contestant on American Idol
Brandon Morrow - SP Toronto Blue Jays
David McGill - principle bassoonist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

That would have made the experience powerful and positive.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Grind It Up

If you've been around here for a bit, you will notice that I am cheap and don't like to waste things. AND I like good food. This doesn't always go together. So when I found myself with two loaves of heels in the freezer (AGAIN) I decided to make something new out of them: bread crumbs.

This has to be the easiest recipe in the world: Add bread to food processor and process.

If you want fresh breadcrumbs (best for adding to meatballs or for topping a casserole) just throw the bread in the food processor and process away.

If you want to have dry breadcrumbs (best for coating chicken, fish, etc.) just toast the bread first. Since you will probably have a lot of bread crumbs after this process, do remember that both types freeze really well.

(L: Fresh R: Dry)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Close The Book On Book Club

I have a confession. I'm a book club drop out. I held on for about a year before I had to face facts.

Fact 1:
I read so quickly (and so many books) that by the time the group meets, I can't remember the story line anymore.

Fact 2:
Book club members don't agree with my practice of abandoning a book. (If it doesn't draw me in after a few chapters, I won't finish reading it.)

Fact 3:
I don't need more to read. (4-6 books and 6-8 magazines a month is plenty, thank you.)

Fact 4:
Having members taking turns picking books at random does not work for me

While I miss seeing my friends, I don't miss the book club. But if they want to start a walking club, they know where to find me.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Go For Ghigo (Press, that is)

On the suggestion of my friend, Jackie I signed up for the Green Books Campaign 2010. Essentially, Eco-Libris is encouraging bloggers to band together and write a review about a book published in an eco-friendly manner. All posts will be up on November 10, 2010.

Here's the crazy part, the books are free!

Because I've become more interested in cooking, I signed up for Spice: The World's Great Flavors And Their Stories reference cards made by Ghigo Press of Venice, CA (printed on recycled paper and with environmentally friendly inks).

This is what they sent me:

Holy cow! 4 beautiful calendars and 3 fabulous gourmet reference decks. I was quite overwhelmed with my bounty. I have yet to open the SPICE deck but I'm very excited.

It's not too late to get in on the Green Books Campaign 2010. All information is here.

Want to get your hands on these beautiful calendars or reference cards? They are available at Amazon, Borders, Walden Books or